A Woman Alone: Autobiographical Writings Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who was the great leader of Botswana that protected it's people?

2. In "God and the underdog," what do the Ku Klux Klan members discover when they get to heaven?

3. Bessie states that one day all nations shall dwell under what shadow?

4. What year was the old British Bechuanaland Protectorate established in Botswana?

5. What does the musician, Makeba, have a passion for?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why was Bessie able to write in Botswana rather than South Africa?

2. In what ways did emancipation slowly make it's way to Botswana?

3. Why does Bessie think of the American woman as some sort of goddess?

4. How does Bessie describe the world that a black South African is born into?

5. In "African Religions," what, does Bessie state is the main difference between Asian and African religious ideals?

6. In "Social and Political Pressures . . . ," what astonished Bessie about the book "One Hundred Years of Solitude"?

7. In "A Note on Rain Clouds," what does Bessie state is thwarting young, idealistic, black men and their ideals?

8. How is Bessie's hatred of the white man lessened in Chapter 2?

9. In the conclusion of Chapter 2, how does Bessie summarize her life experiences?

10. What is Bessie's opinion of Botswana men?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When Bessie spent four months in Iowa researching a book, she was surprised to discover that America was not as she had imagined. How did she compare America to the villages of early Europe? Was it easy for her to adapt to life there? Was she able to develop her "all-important" routine there? What did it consist of? What were her thoughts on the university library? What was she surprised and excited to find there? Do you think that Bessie had pre-conceived notions about America? Do you think that her stay in Iowa gave her a broader, more accurate picture of America? How do you think she would have described it and the people after her trip?

Essay Topic 2

Bessie's friend, Snowball, had a difficult time living in District Six in Capetown. What was Snowball's general demeanor? Even though he was devoutly religious, what did he believe could live together in chaotic happiness? How was Snowball treated by the landlady and most of the community? Could they see beyond the fact that he had once been a professional thief and served jail time? Was this fair to him? What kind of humbling lesson did Snowball teach Bessie? What did she learn about herself and her attitude toward religion? Why did Bessie finally give up trying to protect Snowball? Do you think that Snowball left a lasting impression on Bessie?

Essay Topic 3

Oppression stunted and almost obliterated Bessie's creativity. And yet, the musician, Makeba, seemed to revel in it. Why do you think it would affect two people so differently? Is it a question of passion? Does it create more passion for some and less for others? Do you think that Makeba's passion for liberation fueled her in a creative sense? Did she use the situation to her own advantage? Did Bessie's avoidance of anything liberatory or revolutionary deny her this? Had she been more liberal, might she have been able to write?

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